ISW in Brief: Making Progress in Maiwand District, Kandahar

January 30, 2012 - Spencer Butts

Kandahar province is the home of President Karzai, the birthplace of the Taliban movement, and the former de facto capital of the Taliban government.

Iraq's Post-Withdrawal Crisis, Update 6

January 27, 2012 - Ramzy Mardini

January 20-27, 2012. Iraqiyya Contemplates Next Move, Turkey-Iraq Rift Continues, National Conference Initiative Loses Momentum.

Battlefield Update: Task Force Dreadnaught in Maiwand District, Kandahar

January 23, 2012 - P S

This report provides an update on ISAF operations in Maiwand district of Kandahar Province, primarily during the latter half of 2011.

Iraq's Post-Withdrawal Crisis, Update 5

January 20, 2012 - Ramzy Mardini

January 14-20, 2012. Iraqiyya Continues Boycott, Maliki Continues Efforts Against Hashemi and Mutlaq, Efforts Continue to Form National Conference.

Afghanistan Topographical Map

January 17, 2012 - Institute for the Study of War

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Iraq's Post-Withdrawal Crisis, Update 4

January 13, 2012 - Ramzy Mardini

January 1-13, 2012. Kurds Walk Out of Parliament Session in Protest, Debate to Form National Conference Continues, Hashemi Wants Relocation of Court Trial.

Afghan Government Will Not Accept Secondary Role in Talks with Taliban

January 6, 2012 - P S

On January 3, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid announced his group planned to establish an office in Doha, Qatar to pursue negotiations with the United States and its allies. This potential step toward restarting the peace process in Afghanistan offers an opportunity for domestic and international players to identify...

Can Taliban Leaders Bring Peace?

January 6, 2012 - Jeffrey Dressler

The Taliban’s establishment of a liaison office in Qatar may be the first step toward a negotiated political settlement to end the conflict in Afghanistan. Still, it is far from clear who these people speak for within the Quetta Shura movement, and moreover, who the Quetta Shura speaks for among the panoply of insurgent groups...

Iraq's Post-Withdrawal Crisis, Update 3

December 30, 2011 - Ramzy Mardini

December 24-30, 2011. Tensions Increase between Maliki and Sadrists, Maliki Tries to Replace Iraqiyya Ministers, Steering Committee Formed for National Conference.

Iraq's Post-Withdrawal Crisis, Update 2

December 23, 2011 - Marisa Cochrane Sullivan

December 19-23, 2011. Crisis escalates in Iraqi Media, Maliki Confronts the Kurds, Maliki Abuses the Constitution.